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Comment Re:It is an engineering defect. (Score 1) 176

Initially we were thinking it was a ball/pad issue, but we've found even with the jobs redone and bracing on the chassis to stiffen up the area, there's still a non-insignificant number of units coming back with the same issue (across multiple shops, not just one). Starting to look a bit more like an issue with either the actual chip itself or the PCB, not to say it definitely isn't a ball issue but it's not clear cut.

Either way, it's good to see Apple now admit the issue, though the $149 cost is still a bit of a cop-out ( no worries, people who have made a good income with the replacements will continue to do so for a while then ).

Comment Re:Ancient single use port (Score 3, Insightful) 761

AFAIK, the controller/management chip in the plug portion will not let full power through until it's confirmed the connection itself, part of the orientation smarts.

Similar to their magsafe as well (Macbook has to validate things before charger is told to deliver full power ).

*** I could be completely wrong *** ;)

Comment Re:Ancient single use port (Score 2, Informative) 761

Courage would be USB spec ditching their obsession with fragile tongue-on-equipment configuration and going with lightning type design. Not keen on everything Apple does but the lightning connector is good engineering against human incompetence. Empirically* micro / USB-C are a lot more prone to user-damage, hell people manage to break USB-A sockets.. how the hell!?

(*Phone & PC repair shop)

Comment Re:downside (Score 1) 60

The lifetime environmental impact of lithium storage technology is less than that of alternatives. Our usage of lead-acid batteries is more toxic and we have a tremendous number of those being discarded each day, without even accounting for the impacts of fossil fuels involved in power generation and transport.

Comment Late to the party, but iPhones are cheap to repair (Score 1) 364

Out of all the major brands that I repair, iPhones are typicall the cheapest and easiest to repair and spare parts are plentiful ( though not Apple-blessed ), and contrary to people still thinking of the first iPhones, since the 3/3GS they've always used screws for assemblies; yes, there's some 2 sided tape as an addition to halt screen wiggles on the 4/4S but beyond that iPhones are very repairable. HTC, stuff that, throw it out, 2 sided tape, kapton tape, crazy clips. Samsung, used to be good with the S2, 3, 4 and similar era Notes, but as of the S5 it's a disaster and the replacement screens cost a small country. Nokia has some very nice to repair models and replacement screens are sensibly priced by few people seem to have them.

Now, if we talk about iPads/iPods, I absolutely agree, nightmares :(

Comment Re:this is great! (Score 1) 92

Agreed. Went looking for some eInk solutions for a few projects a while back, ended up just giving up as there seems to be this great void between the accessible ( 2~2.5" max ) and the "Good luck buddy, no help for you!" 6"+ displays. Ever since eInk really captured the developer imagination, it feels like it's been some ludicrously guarded secret club to get your hands on a decent unit at a sane price.

Ideally I'd still love to see a reasonably fast refresh (10Hz) 13~15" eInk display.

Comment Re:It really is about security, not repair (Score 1) 381

At this point it still just waits for you to upgrade the iOS or factory-reset before it'll lock out with E53.

I do a fair number of these repairs each day, usually people who have smashed their screens so badly that they've lost the home button (or torn it).

These days we simply warn them of the impending doom and give them the option of how they'd like to proceed (repair and never upgrade, or get their data and ditch the phone).

Comment Re:GPLv3 - the kiss of death (Score 1) 311

The GPLv3 is the best thing for free software, because it forces everything to be free. The rest will die a slow death due to feature and user attrition.

Like that time Windows and OS X used to roam the earth.

I greatly appreciate the open source development world, writing, funding and using it every day, but it will inevitably live in the shadows of the commercial world from a consumer perspective for reasons that have nothing to do with the source code or licence.

Comment Re:GPLv3 - the kiss of death (Score 1) 311

Just wanted to jump on the bandwagon and agree with your view on this matter. It's already hard enough to get your foot in the door for establishing a presence, and time/effort is a rare commodity such that people will discard an option if it looks like it's going to be more work on top of simply learning how to integrate it in to their project.

Likely someone will end up writing a BSD-modified/Apache/MIT licenced implementation of this and *maybe* from that the standard might have more success in gaining a foothold (assuming there isn't cloud of subtly-broken implementations to poison the well), the downside for the original-standard though will be then that the majority of developers will be following someone else's developments.

All of my own FOSS projects have been set free in the world as BSD-modified.

Comment Re:I like BlueCherry (Score 1) 134

I'm just getting on board with BlueCherryDVR, and I've made a mention of a couple of things that would be nice to have (all duly noted on their forum);

    * Motion detection marking/denoting on continuous video record
    * Adjustable brightness/contrast on the client
    * Better motion detection algorithm ( the current one is excessively sensitive, even at minimal settings )

I concur too about the installation process. BCDVR was an absolute pleasure compared to the pains I endured to get ZM installed; BCDVR is also a lot more stable it seems, both server and remote client.

Well worth the money paid.

Comment Re:/. is not kickstarter (Score 4, Insightful) 287

I really don't see the internet collapsing from him walking away. If it was a legitimate issue it'd be quickly picked up by another party, commercial or otherwise. I'd suggest he does just walk away from it. Even if a lot of money was pushed his way, I'm willing to speculate that he's burned out from all those hours (100/wk?) over the years and now wants to just set things up for a new person, step out, and close the door; been there, done that.

If we ceased having any NTP servers, then there's a more likely internet collapse scenario. The current NTP software seems to have been doing pretty good over the last couple of decades; or is there something that's progressively changing?

I appreciate that the guy has put a lot of work in to it, a lot of us (OSS developers) have and it's a passion more than anything else; if you get money out of it, it's a bonus, but one should never engage in it thinking there'll be any rewards other than seeing that the software itself grows and maybe a little bit of acknowledgement of what you've done. The OSS community can't get all up in arms with disgust when large corps use our software to help them progress, while not all corps give back to all projects, there's still a lot of stuff that is given back, or donated, even when not legally required.

The ethics of earning money off the back of OSS could be debated, but that's a whole different sphere. A lot of us already donate a lot of money already to various OSS projects as a nice feel-good gesture as well as a way to encourage further developments.

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